Friday, October 12, 2012

Key Actions to Recode Traditional Website into Responsive


If you are a web designer and your clients demand smartphone-friendly sites, you have no choice but to implement responsive strategy on your work.

Implementing a responsive web design means you'll have to adjust the way you do coding on your html or CSS. You will have to add media queries and accommodate the resolution of netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. These smaller screens demand a flexible design, which can adjust freely as user navigates from text to image across all sides.

To help you get started on your responsive redesign, here are some guidelines:

1. Start appreciating the minimalist art. This era has delved into a more simplistic and functional design motif. You can see people prefer one to two tones with up to five functions displaying on the screen.  These reflect how the complex world of modern society opts for an easier and friendlier task partner-- the gadget. Tablets and smartphones have become an extension of how people do things one at a time with much efficiency. These simple yet functional actions describe what minimalist theme is with responsive design.

Upon embracing the minimalist art, sneak into patterns of plains and prints, white spaces and circles, nude colors and bars. Also opt for light colors, big fonts, and clear photos. You can still play with colors by adding touch of bright one with nude ones. If in doubt, use black and white schemes.

2. Apply the maximum width rule. In your html/ CSS code, add "media (max=width: 1200px)”. The media query is responsible for adjusting the user interface on any gadget the website is displayed on. The media query resizes your website to fit into the screen of a tablet or a smartphone. You can adjust the pixel depending on which gadget you are intending the website be displayed on.

Using the maximum width command instead of minimum width lets your website accommodate freely the spaces allowed in the user's screen.

 3. Code media queries for each major gadget. You will have to code separately for netbook, tablet, and or smartphone. Unless you just want to cater to an iPhone, doing at least three separate coding is a must. For netbook, assign a lesser pixel into the media query. Reduce the sizes of your header, banner, sidebar, as well as the text boxes. You will also have to reduce the font sizes.

For tablet such as iPad, you will have to code separately for Landscape and Portrait orientation. Reduce the elements stated above, and this time the photos also. Re-align the new image size with the content article size. You may opt to give up some nonessential images and content.

For smartphone, reduce the elements further. The pixel can be 680 or as the device specification dictates. This time, you may delete the photos and stick with the basic content and categories. If photos are part of what the website is about, then plan a way to arrange them in cascading style. In here; text boxes, side bars, and clear photos pay their worth.

These three; applying the minimalist theme, maximum width rule, and adjusting media query elements will help you get started on recoding your client's website. It is not just recoding, but a shift of art point of view as well as strategy in doing web design.

The web development field has met a lot of challenges and will develop more trends next year as mobile companies compete with better technology.

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